Professorial Lecturer

Academic Career

David Petruccelli completed his Ph.D. in history at Yale University in 2015. He received an M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale and an A.B. from Brown University. Prior to coming to the Diplomatic Academy, he spent time as a Fulbright Fellow at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, and a Fox International Fellow at the Free University in Berlin. He has been awarded a number of fellowships, including grants from International Security Studies at Yale University, the Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism, and the Polish History Museum in Warsaw.

Research Interests

David Petruccelli's dissertation, "A Scourge of Humanity: International Crime and Policing in Interwar Europe", examines the emergence of international frameworks for fighting transnational crime in the 1920s and 1930s and serves as the basis for a book project. Two articles resulting from this research are forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary History and Contemporary European History. At the Diplomatic Academy, he will be conducting research on the role played by Eastern Europe in international drug controls from 1945 to the present.


At the Diplomatic Academy, he will teach a course on the international history of drug control.